A St. Louis police officer was suspended on Wednesday for an indefinite period after he pointed his semi-automatic assault rifle at a group of peaceful demonstrators and media representatives during a tension filled protest over the shooting of Michael Brown.
Last night marked the eleventh night of Ferguson racially charged demonstrations since Brown was shot to death by a white police officer while he was presumably robbing convenience store. The incident is fueled by the fact that Brown was not armed.
The police officer related incident last light let to nobody being hurt. The official statement made by the police was that the officer in question was from St. Ann and he leveled the weapon after a verbal exchange with a protester.
As it can be seen in the video, a sergeant stepped in and defused the situation. The police officer was order to lower the weapon and was taken away from camera sight. An official police statement said:
“The unified command strongly feel these actions are inappropriate, and not indicative of the officers wo have worked daily to keep the peace.”
An unrelated incident also lead to the killing of a black man, 23, after he pulled out a knife at officers and told them to kill him. Two officers in this case were put on administrative leave pending an official investigation. The shooting led to growing concerns about an escalation of public anger as critics claim the police officers could have used a taser gun instead of deadly force.